Last month, we invited you to take a quiz measuring your level of trust, zeroing in on a close (most likely romantic) relationship of yours. The quiz, based on work by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, measures how dependable, honest, and reliable you believe your partner to be, how responsive you think he or she will be when you need him or her the most, and how much faith you have in your relationship as a whole.
So far, roughly 1,700 Greater Good readers have completed the quiz, and apparently, you’re a pretty trusting group. Your median score puts you right smack in the middle of the “high” range of trust, according to the original data collected by the Canadian research team.
When we analyzed the results more closely, here’s what we found:
• There was no correlation between trust and age—people didn’t get any more trusting of their partner as they got older, nor did younger people trust more.
• Relationship status was strongly tied to trust level: People who were in a relationship (living with their partner or not) or married were the most trusting, while divorced people and single people were the least trusting (see graph below).
• Their parents’ marital status did not affect how trusting participants said they were.
• The length of a relationship was related to one’s level of trust—but the people who were most trusting were those who had been in their relationship for the least amount of time, six months or less (see graph below).
• Men in general had a slightly higher trust score than women.
• This gender difference appears most strongly among single and divorced people: Divorced (and single) women were significantly less trusting than their male counterparts. In general, men’s trust was much more stable regardless of their relationship status than women’s (see graph below).
We want to hear what you make of these findings. Weigh in with a comment below.